Within Fahrenheit 451, the setting given by Ray Bradbury was rather ambiguous and was only describe to take place within an advance 21th century society. The community itself was exemplify as a prodigious Utopian society where everyone was equal and jubilant. The houses were monotonous as one did not want to seem overly powerful or greater than the others, and the society was forbidden to read and learn. This was the city in which the protagonist, Guy Montag, grew up and worked as a firemen to burn those books. It was in this censored city that Guy met Clarisse who change his life with a simple question that itched its way upon his soul. Clarisse, being those rare people who were knowledgeable was killed by the fearful citizen, who were controlled
Clarisse McClellan and Mildred's friends in Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451 appear only briefly, nonetheless, they still have a great impact on the development of guy Montag as well as the plot. Montag thrives to do better with their influence; Clarisse by making him wonder about the potential beauty of the world, and Mrs. Clara Phelps and Mrs. Ann Bowles by proving to him the harshness of the society.
Fahrenheit 451 had many different pairs of characters that had many different thoughts about certain things in life. Mildred, Montag 's wife, was very negative and only cared about herself, but Clarisse cared about other people than herself and had a positive view on the outside world. Beatty thinks that books will cause the world to end, but Montag thinks that they won 't and can help teach the world many different things. Faber and the Lost Gang both wanted to make people think that books are good again, but had two different ways of doing that.. In the book, Fahrenheit 451, there were three pairs of characters who were very different from each other and represented something or somebody in a society.
Our society is doomed. Everyday we become more and more similar to the society within Fahrenheit 451 as we become less and less patient and more and more conform becoming what we think society wants us to be rather than what we ourselves want to be.
In stories, a character can be influenced by many things. In Bradbury’s, Fahrenheit 451, Montag meets new people, and finds out new things about people whom he already knows. Along the way, the people he interacts with influences his choices and actions; including Clarisse, Mildred, and Faber. Frequently, Clarisse influences Montag’s choices and actions. In the beginning of the book, she influences Montag by making him realize that he is not happy with his life, by asking him the simple question, “Are you happy?” (pg. 8). Montag does not respond, but it does make him think. After hearing this question Montag goes home, greeted by his cold, sterile home, questioning his life and whether he is happy or not. Later, Montag is influenced
Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured as they walk in cities. Some researchers say 1 out of 10 of those injuries are caused by a “distracting mobile device such as a phone or portable music player” (“Walking While Looking down”). Undoubtedly, the risk for injury in a crowded city increases greatly when technology is a distraction. In this day and age, technology is all over the place, no matter where you are in a moments time, technology is all around you. Lots of times technology is used positively, but more often than not, technology is not used wisely and safely. This subject is certainly up for debate. The entire world needs to join as one and understand that if the human race continues down the technological path it
Fahrenheit 451 shows how people’s rights to free speech and media are essential to a free thinking society. Guy Montag, the main character, is a firefighter, which in his futuristic society means he burns books for the government because they are illegal due to the potentially controversial ideas they contain. Montag meets a girl named Clarisse, who helps him realize he’s not really content in how he’s living his life and in his relationships, which begins to change his viewpoint on the society’s standards. His wife Mildred, as well as the rest of society, are highly materialistic and shallow in their daily activities and interactions. Montag eventually steals a book during the fireman’s raid on a house, which leads him to seek out a man named Faber, who is an educated man, and helps encourage Montag to take steps to action. Beatty, the firehouse captain, had been suspicious of Montag being in possession of literature. His dubious thoughts are found to be correct when Mildred turned Montag in. Montag is forced to go on the run, leaving the city for the countryside, where he finds other outcasted intellectuals. The city is bombed, leaving it completely destroyed and the society in ruins. The society Ray Bradbury creates in Fahrenheit 451 showcases how censorship is a threat to free thinking, society’s humanity, and human relationships through the use of imagery, symbolism and motifs.
In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury created two female characters: Mildred Montag and Clarisse McClellan. Mildred and Clarisse were brought to exist in many different ways and are very different people; although they do share some similarities.
What is it to live life when life is but controlled by not you or any one person but, the people who never lived at all? “Fahrenheit 451” is a novel about censorship. People in the novel are living everyday lives but yet none are really living. They watch shows that have no story line or names like on (page 46) “They said mildred, well they just had this fight you see. They certainly fight a lot. You should listen. I Think they're married yes they're married. Why?” They drive so fast they never see anything, do the same things everyday, are ridiculed for being different. The people of the novel are machines set on auto pilot, except a few. Montag, Faber, Clarissa, Beauty, and so many more people are unique in this book. But with all different beliefs they as individual characters could become a book themselves. But once again what is it to live when life is but controlled by not you or any one person but, the people who never lived at all?
This can be best demonstrated through the characters of Mrs Phelps and Mrs Bowles, a pair of Mildred’s friends who “jabber about people and their own children and themselves…and their husbands” in a callous manner. Mrs Phelps even mentions that she is so “independent” that if her third husband was to be killed in war it was agreed that she “…[would] not cry, but get married again and not think of [him]”. Likewise, Mrs Bowles speaks of her “ruinous” children as burdens, stating they were only born for “the world [to] reproduce”, and until then they are “[heaved] into the parlour”. ”These monsters”, as they are described are used to emphasise the lack of unity that can result from abuse of technology. This disconnect is further highlighted when it is noted that “the three women fidgeted and looked nervously at the empty mud-coloured walls” as soon as Montag unplugged the parlour, indicating that although the trio are friends, they do not know how to communicate with one another. The extend of this disconnect is revealed when Montag recites the poem “Dover Beach”, to which Mrs Phelps starts “sobbing uncontrollably”, exposing an inner sadness and depth to her character much like Mildred. Although a multitude of characters are presented as sad and shallow, Bradbury has demonstrated that those who transcend the expectations of
Everybody has a point in life where someone reminds them of something they have long forgotten and suddenly everything make sense. In the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury titled Fahrenheit 451, the curious, sweet girl of the name Clarisse pops the bubble that Montag lives in. Bradbury includes Clarisse in the story to act as an eye opener for Montag. She introduces him to a past where firemen put out fires instead of starting them. Clarisse remains immune to the chatter of television and instead gazes through a kaleidoscope of colors that filters out the dull views of the government. Clarisse McClellan symbolizes everything the government and society disapproves of by questioning the rules and logic of their world, enjoying nature, and not going along with what society deems socially acceptable.
Ray Bradbury 's novel Fahrenheit 451 delineates a society where books and quality information are censored while useless media is consumed daily by the citizens. Through the use of the character Mildred as a foil to contrast the distinct coming of age journey of the protagonist Guy Montag, Bradbury highlights the dangers of ignorance in a totalitarian society as well as the importance of critical thinking.
While Mildred’s characterization is an exaggeration, with today’s technologies she has become more relevant, relatable, and tragic.
Children are the most pure examples of the human race. They have not been flawed by societal norms; they are still purely themselves. The pure nature of children is miles away from the beaten down attitude of adults. Adults have seen the pain of reality, and it has caused them to stray from their original state. When the two groups meet, sometimes incredible things happen. In the case of the elderly, sometimes working with young children can bring them seemingly back to their younger selves. In worlds where interaction between people is bleak and often nonexistent, teenagers offer a contrast that can make adults curious again. And in a world so filled with meaningless pain that almost all lose hope, children are there to make them rethink
This is found on page 27, "Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no.” This shows me that Clarisse’s generation scares her and she believes her uncle when he tells her that teenagers were better than how they are now. She also calls herself “ancient” this was a surprise to me, however throughout the story she does show that she has old-fashioned views which is an amazing quality to have in most situations in their society. In the book not only was she changed by her uncle but she became an inspiration to another character, Guy Montag. “He glanced back at the wall. How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know that refracted your own light to you?” The quote showed that Clarisse made Montag reflect on himself and with him thinking about himself has changed him. He now looks at everything and is questioning everything he is looking at. They did not talk for long and with that one conversation they shared and she managed to changed him and how he thinks of everything, which includes questioning himself. Ray Bradbury also uses Montag to describe Clarisse’s ability and tell the reader what she did is an “impossible” quality to have. This quality is what I found very interesting about